Since 2007, Google Street View has taken panoramic images of more than eight million kilometers of roads in 45 countries and in almost three thousand cities around the world.
Canadian artist and filmmaker John Rafman likes to study these photos. He saves screenshots of the best photos and publishes them on his blog (although he never indicates where the picture was taken). Rafman named his blog "9-Eyes"(literally — "nine eyes") in honor of the nine cameras that are usually equipped with Google Street View machines for shooting.
According to Rafman, he spends hours browsing the Google Street View archives.
He likes being a "virtual explorer".
It collects photos taken in various parts of the world.
Sometimes they capture beautiful serene landscapes…
... dynamic scenes…
... or something frightening.
Rafman chooses such shots that it seems as if they were taken by a real photographer, and not by Google robots.
You can see a lot of interesting characters in Google Street View photos. Here, for example, the superhero lay down to rest…
And this man is doing a trick on his ATV.
Here the eccentric characters of the comedy "Mir" got into the frame Wayne."
And here Pluto is having fun.
In many photos, you can see animals.
In this picture, the monkeys are resting in a hot spring.
Rafman never indicates the location where the photo was taken.
So we will never know where the police officer detained this man…
What is the address of the house wrapped in toilet paper?…
And where to find this rusty factory.
The photos leave a lot of questions unanswered. Is the driver of this car okay?
Why did this pier flood?
Why is this girl sitting in the middle of the road?
Who is this masked stranger?
Why are these guys so happy?
Many photos look simply unreal.
For example, this frame looks like an illustration for Jane's novels Austin.
And this building seems to have appeared from the future.
The photos that Rafman selects show how strange…
... and our world can be fascinating.